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You don’t have to speak about death – join the “Ars Moriendi” conversation

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The “Ars Moriendi” festival, which will be held in the spring at the University of Latvia and include an international scientific conference as well as a cultural programme, will take on various unpopular topics associated with ageing and death in western society, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 17. The organizers want to take on the excessive culture of timeless youth and optimism, as well as ageism and…

Estonia’s Eurovision Song Contest entrant semi-finals held in February

Friday, January 17, 2020

Eesti Laul, the annual competition to find Estonia’s Eurovision Song Contest entry, reaches its semi-finals in mid-February. The semis are to be held at the University of Tartu sports hall, over two stages on February 13 and 15, with 24 competitors vying for a place, as well as special guests performing. The 24 artists and their songs, over the two stages, are as follows: Stage one (February 13) Rasmus Rändvee,…

Lithuania: Karoblis and Mercado discussed defence cooperation

Thursday, January 16, 2020

On January 16 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karbolis met with Assistant Secretary of Defence for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities Victorino G. Mercado visiting Lithuania. The officials discussed bilateral defence cooperation, absorption of the U.S. security assistance for developing the Baltic states’ defence capabilities, cooperation of acquisitions. Minister underscored that Lithuanian and U.S. defence cooperation has never had the current intensity before. “The U.S. military presence in Lithuania, support in…

Indian PM proposes bringing together talented young Estonians, Indians

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi while attending the Raisina Dialogue conference in New Delhi, at the Indian premier’s proposal, the two discussed ideas for bringing talented young Estonians and Indians together through hackathons. Reinsalu said that Estonia is willing to pursue the idea. “It’s an initiative that would take cooperation between Estonia and India to the next level and give us a chance to…

European Commission Vice-President Suica to visit Latvia on Friday

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The European Commission’s Vice-President for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Suica is scheduled to make a visit to Latvia this Friday, LETA was told at the EU Commission’s Representation in Latvia. During her visit, Suica will meet with President Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity). The EU commissioner also plans to meet with representatives of the Demographic Affairs Center and participate in an event dedicated to the opening…

Estonian parliament adopts EU-Singapore investment protection accord

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Estonian parliament on Thursday adopted the free trade and investment protection agreement between the European Union and Singapore aiming to improve the investment climate between the EU and Singapore. The agreement will ensure high-level investment protection in Singapore, while leaving parties to the agreement the right to regulate the field and impose legal norms, Riigikogu spokespeople said. Under the agreement a two-tier investment adjudication system would be created, aimed at…

National Defence representatives to take part in the Snow Meeting

Thursday, January 16, 2020

On January 16–17 the Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts forum, Snow Meeting, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take place in Trakai. The 13th edition of the meeting will address security challenges to the transatlantic community and response to them. The meeting will be attended by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas. This year the focus will be on…

First wind farm without state support a ‘breakthrough’ for Lithuania’s green energy

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lithuania’s  Energy   Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas has hailed the first green  energy   action a “breakthough” for Lithuania as the winner asked no government support, he said on Thursday. “It is a breakthrough for Lithuania’s renewable energy, since it is the first time that investments are made into wind farms without state support,” the minister said in a press release. “Lithuania has evidently managed to create a particularly attractive environment…

Almost a quarter of Latvia’s population remains at risk of poverty

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Data from the survey conducted by the CSB show that 434,000 persons or 22.9 % of the population of Latvia were at risk of poverty in 2018 – just 0.4 percentage points less than in 2017 with the reduction largely accounted for by an increase in the minimum wage from EUR 380 in 2017 to EUR 430 in 2018 plus changes in legislation on social benefits and changes in income tax application. The at-risk-of-poverty rate is the share of persons with…

Strength in numbers: Home producers form cooperatives to compete

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Once they had to start adding on VAT, a home producers store in Grobiņa lost 20% of their turnover after raising prices. Mothers with children who want clean products and older people looking for a taste of childhood make up most of home product consumers, and most of them consider these prices to be too expensive and prefer to shop at a supermarket instead. Cooperative chair Gunita Šternberga describes the…